EPA Slaps Monsanto with Record Fine
Here’s a quick look at a few of Monsanto’s other errors:
Monsanto’s biggest individual fine to date was a $100 million settlement to the family of Wilbur Jack Skeen in 1986. The company was found to be negligent in exposing Mr. Skeen, a worker in the companies Texas plant, to benzene. The exposure eventually led to his death from leukemia.
Monsanto was one of the companies named in a $180 million suit for Vietnam War vets exposed to Agent Orange. Monsanto manufactured the herbicide from 1965 to 1969.
The settlement did not include the 400,000 disabilities and deaths that the population of Vietnam suffered from the toxic herbicide.
In 1995, Monsanto was forced to pay a Texas Waste Management company $41.1 million for hazardous waste concerns.
In 1996, New York’s Attorney General hit them with a $50,000 fine for false advertising of their flagship pesticide Roundup. Claims in question included Remember that environmentally friendly Roundup herbicide is biodegradable. It won’t build up in the soil so you can use Roundup with confidence along customers’ driveways, sidewalks and fences…
That’s a tough claim to swallow when you consider the EPA warning required on Roundup’s packaging:
Do not allow the herbicide solution to mist, drip, drift, or splash onto desirable vegetation since minute quantities of this herbicide can cause severe damage or destruction to the crop, plants, or other areas on which treatment was not intended.
As recently as 2005, the Justice Department ordered Monsanto to pay a $1.5 million fine for bribing Indonesian officials in order to get their Bollgard cotton seeds approved without having to prove their environmental safety.